Reading Bytes for Aug 14

by Dina on August 14, 2010 · 0 comments

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Daily updates on what I’m reading. Links with my notes. I also just tweet links and things that interest me @dina

  • Research in the Wild: Making Research Work in Industry | blog@CACM – CLIP: "Even so, there are many in industry that consider researchers an expensive luxury that the company can ill afford. Part of this comes from the historically common organizational structure of having a separate and independent research lab, which sometimes looks to be a gilded ivory tower to those who feel they are locked outside……. Many companies appear to be trying other ways of organizing researchers into the company. For example, Google is well known for integrating many of its researchers into product groups and shifting them among product groups, working side-by-side with different development teams. While on a particular project, a researcher might focus on the part of the problem that requires esoteric knowledge of particular algorithms, but they are exposed to and work on many problems in the product. When this group comes together, everyone shares knowledge, and then people move to another group, sharing again…."
  • A Blackberry addict discovers grassroots enterprise in India | @Shekharkapur shares his jugaad experience! – CLIP: "But in exactly six minutes this kid handed my blackberry back. He had changed the part and cleaned and serviced the the whole phone. Taken it apart, and put it together. As I turned the phone on there was a horrific 2 minutes where the phone would not come on. I looked at him with such hostility that he stepped back. ‘you have more than thousand phone numbers ?” ‘yes’. ‘backed up ?’‘no’‘Must back up. I do it for you. Never open phone before backing up’‘You tell me that now ?’ But then the phone came on and my data was still there. Everyone watching laughed and clapped. This was becoming a show. A six minute show. I asked him how much.‘ 500 rupees’ He ventured uncertainly . People around watched in glee expecting a negotiation. …………….‘do you have an Iphone ? Even the new ‘4′ one ?‘no, why”‘I break the code for you and load any ‘app’ or film you want. I give you 10 film on your memory stick on this one, and change every week for small fee’

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